News Digest DOT 09-17
BTS Releases Updated National Transit Map - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released version two of the National Transit Map, a geospatial database containing information from hundreds of transit agencies that provides open, machine-readable data about their stops, routes, and schedules. The national, openly available map of fixed-guideway and fixed-route transit service in America allows USDOT to demonstrate the importance and role of transit in American society and to identify and address gaps in access to public transportation. It also supports research, planning and analysis on the benefits of transit, such as the economic impacts of transit on a community’s economic development. The map is compiled from General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) files. It describes the operations of over 350 transit agencies including more than 475,000 stops and nearly 60,000 routes. This second version of the map contains data for 100 percent of the top 25 urban transit agencies with fixed route service, 80 percent of the top 50 agencies, and just over one-third of all urban transit agencies with fixed route service. DOT is currently working to bring additional transit agencies on board for the third version of the map, scheduled to be released in April. Technical contact: Derald Dudley, 202-309-0940. Media contact Dave Smallen: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-366-5568.